Daily and Sunday Express, September 14, 2013
DAVID CAMERON and the head of the Army knew the SAS were allegedly responsible for the murder of Princess Diana – but failed to tell police.
The document records the line: “Efforts would be made if not to get rid of her (be it by some accident in her car, such as a pre-prepared brake failure or whatever)…at least to see that she was so injured or damaged as to be declared unbalanced.”
The note was handed to Met police after the 1997 crash but nothing was done about it.
In the letter from Soldier N’s wife, she writes: “I have been physically, verbally, psychologically and financially abused by my husband, one of your specialist and highly trained soldiers.
“I have endured his controlling and manipulative behaviour to be broken down and ridiculed by him to the point where I felt I could no longer live with the torment.
“As a cry for help I informed the Regiment of his abusive and threatening behaviour in November 2010.
“They were quite dismissive and nothing was done to stop him. This forced my mother, in despair, to write to the Commanding Officer of the SAS in September 2011 copied to Dyfed Powys Police (see attached letter).”
On March 1, a Downing Street official acknowledges receipt of the letter and adds: “I am writing on behalf of the Prime Minister to thank you for the copy of your letter and enclosure of 11 February addressed to the Chief of the General Staff.
“I was sorry to hear of the difficulties you are experiencing. Mr Cameron appreciates you taking the time and trouble to share your concerns.”
General Wall responds to the letter on March 4 and is clearly concerned by the nature of the allegations but crucially, like the Prime Minister, he does not mention any reference to Diana and the murder allegations. He writes: “I was very concerned to read your allegations against your estranged husband and your fears for your safety, and have been in touch with his regiment to see what measures can be taken to address this situation.”
The note concludes by adding that he is copying the letter to “the Director of Special Forces and the Commanding Officer of the Special Air Service Regiment”.
Diana, Dodi and driver Henri Paul died when their car smashed into a pillar in the Pont de L’Alma underpass in Paris in August 1997.
Soldier N allegedly told his wife that the crash was caused after an SAS hit team flashed a blinding light at Paul. The claim appears to support testimony from an ex MI6 spy at the inquest into Diana and Dodi’s death who said he was aware of a colleague’s proposal to kill Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic by using a strobe light in a tunnel to distract his driver.
He revealed the existence of a shadowy unit within the SAS known as The Increment for the purposes of carrying out lethal operations on behalf of MI6. The original allegations that the SAS was involved in the deaths were passed to the Yard in July following the complaint by former Harrods owner Al Fayed.
The claims were in a seven-page letter written by Soldier N’s mother-in-law in September 2011 when the marriage had disintegrated.
Detective Chief Inspector Philip Easton and a Yard colleague travelled to a secret location to interview both women two weeks ago. The letter containing the original allegations was handed to the Yard following the court martial of SAS sniper Danny Nightingale in July.
Soldier N and Sgt Nightingale were arrested in 2011 after police found firearms and ammunition illegally held. Soldier N admitted the offences and was sentenced to two years at a military corrective training centre. Nightingale admitted the charges and got 18 months last year. Following a campaign, he was released and the conviction quashed. At a fresh trial in July Nightingale was found guilty and sentenced to two years suspended for 12 months. He was convicted largely on the sworn testimony of Soldier N.
Allegations that the SAS was involved in Diana’s death emerged soon afterwards. Police said the information was being analysed as part of a “scoping exercise” and no new investigation has been launched.